By: Nawfel M. Oussedik — CEO  / Last update: 01/2021

Cryotherapy Machine — The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

Thinking of buying a cryotherapy machine? We explain what they’re about and how they work.

You’ll learn how to compare cryotherapy machines based on technology, performance and features.

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Summary

Intro: How Cryotherapy Affects The Body

  1. Cryotherapy machines explained
  2. Choosing between chambers, saunas, and units
    1. Cryo chambers pros & cons
    2. Cryo saunas pros & cons
    3. Localized units pros & cons
  3. The Best Cryotherapy Machines
  4. The business of Cryo
    1. Investment, cost and ROI
    2. Financing
    3. Should you consider used machines?
    4. Dos & don’ts
  5. Choosing a model based on budget & needs
  6.  
  7. Cryotherapy Facts & fads
    1. Bio-performance: chambers (full-body) Vs. sauna (whole-body)
    2. Safety precautions: nitrogen Vs. electric  cryo machines

If you’re in a rush, you can always download our Buyer’s Guide 2021 to read it later.

What’s Cryotherapy?

Icepacks, ice-baths, and whole body cryotherapy are forms of cold therapy which can be a “good stress”… Yes, in some cases, physical stress can be good for your body and mind —the best exemple being training exercice.

Cryotherapy triggers "Good Stress"

How Cryotherapy Affects The Body?

Cryotherapy is hormetic which means that, in the right dose, it serves as a short term stressor that can trigger cellular responses in the body that exceed what is actually needed to compensate for otherwise damaging insults.

This is why a short burst of cold exposure through whole body cryotherapy can have benefits on the brain, the immune system, body composition & metabolism, exercise performance recovery and more.

If you’re looking for more details, I highly recommend listening to Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s podcast on how cryotherapy affects the body. She explains the physiologic and hormonal response of the body when exposed to cold sessions.

NB: Cryotherapy or cryogenics can have medical applications such as wart removal but that’s not the kind of cryotherapy we’re referring to in this post. 

Cryotherapy Machines Explained

The term “Cryotherapy Machine” refers to a broad product category that includes cryotherapy chambers, cryo saunas, and localized cryotherapy units.

Cryotherapy machines are a devices that produce cool air or nitrogen vapor in order to safely expose the body to extremely low temperatures.

a cryotherapy machine is used to safely 
expose the skin to extremely cold temperatures

They have multiple applications such as relieve pain, reduce inflammation, help recover faster, and improve the general wellness state of the body.

The 3 different Types of Cryotherapy Machines: Chambers, Saunas, and Localized Units

There are different ways to classify cryotherapy machines such as their technology, cooling process, features, and of course pricing.

Still, it’s most common to organize them based on their reach of the body:

  • Cryo chambers reach the full body including the head.
  • Cryo sauna reach the whole body excluding the head.
  • Localized units target specific parts of the body. 

Before comparing the best brands and models, the first thing you’ll need to decide is whether you need a chamber, a sauna or a localized unit.

So let’s have a look at what differentiate them — including  pros & cons of each type.

Choosing Between Chambers, Saunas, and Localized Units

Cryogenic chambers are a type of cryotherapy machines
Cryo chamber machines are used to fully submerge the body

Cryotherapy Chambers

A cryotherapy chamber (cryo chamber or cryogenic chamber) looks like a giant fridge from the future where you walk in.

The main characteristics of cryotherapy chambers:

  • Air-cooled rooms where you walk-in.
  • Target the full body including head.
  • Run on electric heat exchange technology.
  • Cost from from $75,000 to $280,000.

PROS +

Highest Standards

Cryotherapy chambers are the gold standard because there’s a premium feel to it. It’s particularly popular with high end spas and professional sports club in Europe and the United States.

Spacious

Cryotherapy chambers have more room than saunas. Most will allow users to walk while enjoying their session. In fact, some cryo chambers feature such large spaces that you can fit a group of 4 in it.

Cold air

Cryo chambers are safer than a cryo saunas by definition since they do not use nitrogen. They use electric heat exchange technology to produce “cold air” that you can breathe in safely. (It does not mean that others are dangerous)

CONS −

Manufacturer Dependency

The installation and maintenance requires the intervention of the manufacturer or an extremely skilled engineer. Therefore, if you don’t want to be tied and can’t secure long lease terms, a cryo chamber is definitely not for you and you can skip to the next category.

Hard To Sell

Since 2014, we never came across a buyer seeking second-hand electric chambers. The risk of relocating such a piece of equipment without a guarantee from the seller can be high. And it’s harder to secure a loan when buying used.

Not As Cold

Some manufacturers may argue that electric chambers don’t feel as cold as their nitrogen counterparts because they don’t reach the same temperatures. Even if it’s technically true, I don’t feel that the difference in temperature makes a difference at all.

Expensive To Buy

While nitrogen powered chambers start at $75,000, electric ones cost from $100,000 to $280,000. In fact an electric chamber cost 3 to 6 times the price of an entry-level cryo sauna.

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Cryo saunas are a type of cryotherapy machines
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Cryo Saunas

A cryo sauna looks like 3/4 of a fridge, also from future, where you stand tall and wait for 3 minutes.

The main properties of a cryo sauna are:

  • Neck high tubes where you stand used.
  • Target the whole body excluding the head.
  • Run on liquid nitrogen tanks.
  • Cost from from $39,000 to $61,000.

These single person units have improved a lot during the past 5 years becoming safer and more efficient than ever.

PROS +

Affordable price

Cryo saunas are a lot more accessible to purchase. A top tier unit cost between $45,000 and $60,000 — about half the price of an average chamber. You can even buy one at 70 to 80% of it’s retail value from our certified second-hand machine marketplace.

Cold vapors

People may not agree with me but from a user point of view, I think that the coolest thing about a these is the very fact that it runs on nitrogen. Yes, I said that nitrogen is cool! And what users love about it is that super dense nitrogen vapor.


“If you had a session in a a cold nitrogen sauna, you know that feeling when you’re about to have a session. The operator opens the door… and pshhhhh, so much cold vapor in the room! Your adrenaline level spikes and you know you’re about to experience something special…

But it doesn’t stop there, right? Stepping out of the sauna with all that white vapor and adrenaline pump, you feel pumped up and nothing less than Iron man in his suit. Or at least I do.”


Out of The Box

Cryotherapy saunas are easily moved stored. You can relocated in hours. Which can be a great addition to your service offering. And if business doesn’t boom, they’ll be a lot easier to sell than any chamber.

CONS −

LN2 Operations

The biggest drawback about cryo saunas is operating with nitrogen. What I mean is that you must plan your entire workflow accordingly in order to achieve smooth business operations and increase ROI.

For instance, unless you have a conveniently located store, nitrogen deliveries can become a challenge because nitrogen tank can be noisy for your neighbors and clients.

Another example is to open bookings for specific hours of the day and pack clients’ sessions within that specific timeframe. This will result in very low nitrogen consumption which reflects directly on your ROI and nitrogen supply chain.

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Localized cryo units are a type of cryotherapy machines
Localized cryo unit machines target specific parts of the body

Localized Cryotherapy Units

Localized cryotherapy units are used for Cryo Facials and localized pain management.

The main characteristics of localized cryo unit are:

  • Small devices with base and a hose.
  • Target specific areas of the body.
  • Either electricity or liquid nitrogen.
  • Cost from from $7,500 to $18,000.

Localized cryo units are mainly used for cryo facial which is a practice where cold air is diffused around the head area and the back of the neck to stimulate hormone release and tighten the skin.

Another common use is the local application of cold air to reduce pain and inflation on specific areas of the body. 

PROS +

Smooth, Gentle Sessions

A localized cryotherapy is a lot more “gentle” on the user that its bigger counterparts. If you’re planning on offering cryo facials in a beauty salon, work mostly with elders, or specialize in physiotherapy then this is definitely a machine that will suit you best.

CONS −

Lacks The Adrenaline Rush!

Unless you’re very receptive to cold temperature, you won’t feel the rejuvenating and invigorating sensations that we all seek in a cryotherapy sessions.

If you’re catering to the sport industry or young adults, I would recommend getting a WBC or FBC machine first, then add a Localized cryo machine if you have the budget.

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At this stage, I’m sure you have a clear overview of cryogenic machines. Still, it may not be clear what’s best suited for your business or home.

Well, before getting into when to buy what we’ll need to cover: The difference between whole-body Vs. full-body cryotherapy AND The safety and precautions related to electric/nitrogen machines. Ready? let’s go…

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Cryotherapy Facts & Fads: The Ongoing Manufacturer Debates

When buying cryotherapy machines, every manufacturer will say their machine is best. The truth is this may be true an extent.

Bio Performance: Whole Vs. Full Body Cryo

While whole-body machine manufacturers claim that full-body machines don’t get as cold as they should, full-body machine manufacturers claim exposing the head makes all the difference.

What Are The Facts?

  • Clinical studies show that cryotherapy works efficiently under temperatures of -166 degrees Ferhenight (-110°C).
  • Some users prefer having their head fully submerged inside. Others find it discomforting. 
  • The more even cold distribution around the body the more pleasant the session is. You should always aim at machine that 

The Verdict

At the end, both full-body and whole-body machine work just fine. It’s a matter or personal preference and budget since full-body machines are pricier. 

I’m not a bio-scientist. This comes from my own experience running multiple cryo studios and the feedback we’ve been collecting on CryoChambers.com.

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I’d like to point out that our conscious level of pain or discomfort during a cryotherapy treatment is not a benchmark for the efficiency of the treatment. Cryotherapy sessions are supposed to be pleasant.

Safety Precautions

There are 3 safety implications/concepts one must understand when buying cryotherapy machines (especially saunas and chambers):

  1. The Risks of Getting Frostbites
  2. Liquid Nitrogen Precautions
  3. Electricity Vs. Nitrogen Machine Safety

1. The Risks of Getting Frostbites 

A frostbite is an injury caused by the freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. First, your skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale.

Frostbites occur when the skin is exposed to extreme cold for a long period of time. The risk is amplified when the skin is moist.

In order to avoid frostbites, regulate humidity levels in the room, always wear safety gear during sessions, and never exceed 3-minute sessions.

2. Liquid Nitrogen Precautions

Most our customers will ask “Is liquid nitrogen dangerous?”

Well, 78% of the air you breath while reading this post is nitrogen gas, still nitrogen may be dangerous if you don’t take simple precautions. 

Liquid nitrogen is not toxic nor inflammable. It’s simply condensed nitrogen gas at an extremely low temperature. 

Some cryotherapy machines turn liquid nitrogen into gas to reach cool temperature fast. And while liquid nitrogen evaporates it may reduce the oxygen concentration in the air which can act as an asphyxiant, especially in confined spaces.

That’s why when working with liquid nitrogen it’s important to follow these guidelines such as keeping an airflow at all times.

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3. Electricity Vs. Nitrogen Machine Safety

Some people may argue that cryo saunas (running on nitrogen) are plain dangerous since users may breath more nitrogen that they should but I don’t agree.

For sure, electric cryotherapy chambers are safer by definition since they do a better job at preventing the users from breathing too much nitrogen.

But medical contradictions still apply. And another misconception is that electric chambers can’t cause frostbites.

Takeaway

In the year 2021, most machines (at least the ones on our Cryo Machine Marketplace), are safe.  

I mean, I have built a successful franchise business with nitrogen machines — using brands such as Impact Cryo and CryoTech Nordic.

Other nitrogen machines such as the Recovery XR have been featured on Ellen’s TV show.

Should You Consider Used Machines?

Buying a brand new machine is always more appealing, but the cost of brand new cryogenic chambers can be substantial.

In fact, if you’re on a budget and look at the numbers, you may feel that buying used cryotherapy machines could help you save cash that’s needed for marketing and operational expenses.

Buying Used Machines Used To Be Risky, But Not Anymore!

For years, buying a used cryo sauna required more dedicated research time because there were a number of things that potential buyers had to learn to ensure they were making a good investment.

You had to find out its current value, guess its condition and what kind of maintenance it requires. Then you needed to learn a bit about the person or company selling the machine in order to assess whether you should buy from them or not. But those days are long gone!

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Used Machine Certification Is Now Available

Today, research is a lot easier and far less time consuming because you can simply browse our second-hand cryo machine marketplace.

We also launched the CCRT Certification back in 2019 which is a condition certification. The cost is bared by sellers and guarantees machines’ condition to buyers — From parts to capitalized future repair cost.

If your budget is under $50,000 then you could save by purchasing a gently used machine from our marketplace. And in this case, 

If Your Budget Allows Then Buy Brand New

While the benefits of purchasing a used chamber has definitely changed over the last years, there are still a few things that give new cryogenic chambers and saunas advantage for would-be-buyers.

First, you’ve got a lot longer before you are likely to start needing repairs. The technology is constantly being improved, and that means the newer models have longer lives than older models.

Second, if you do have any problems with your chamber, you can get it fixed for free because they all have a manufacturer warranty.

And last, you may be able to get a much better interest rate for loans since they want to incentivize people to buy new.

How To Choose The Right Model Based On Your Budget and Needs

Regardless of the condition and price of the equipment, you should do your research and make sure the model you like is reliable.

Remember this is not a one-size-fits-all industry and each model as its own advantages and disadvantages. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Nawfel Oussedik

Meet the Writer:

I launched my first cryotherapy studio back in 2014. Since then I started CryoChambers.com that became the first cryotherapy equipment marketplace.

You can get my help to purchase the right machine based on your needs. I also offer Free Cryo Biz Crash Courses in the form of webinars.

Nawfel M. Oussedik — CEO @ CryoChambers.com